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John L. Richardson
Letter of Resignation
June 18, 2003




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2700 Calvert Street, N.W.
Apartment 617
Washington, D.C 20008

June 18, 2003

The Honorable Anthony A. Williams
Mayor of the District of Columbia
1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20004

Dear Mr. Mayor.

The purpose of this letter is to inform you that I am resigning as Chairman and a member of the Sports and Entertainment Commission, effective July 31, 2003.

Although there may never be a good time for a volunteer to step down, this is an appropriate time for a transition. In my four years of service, the Commission has become a much more effective agency and an increasingly productive instrument for economic development in the City.

The Commission is structurally sound. Its staff, now composed of thoroughly professional men and women, is strong, dedicated and hardworking. The Commission's physical assets have finally been upgraded, are in good condition and are now being maintained on a regular basis in a responsible way.

The Commission's decision to invest substantially in RFK and otherwise increase our support for soccer has recently been recognized and rewarded, Last week, RFK was chosen as the venue for a very important international match between Barcelona and AC Milan. Rather this week, U.S. Soccer and FIFA announced that three Women's World Cup doubleheaders will be played at RFK and that RFK will be the venue for the opening ceremonies for the entire tournament. We are very proud of this recognition and are pleased to anticipate the economic gains these important soccer events will bring to the City.

Our efforts to bring Major League Baseball hack to Washington, to construct a new world-class soccer stadium in the City, and to improve Kenilworth Park have progressed in a very positive way. Although it is still too early to declare victory, the City and the Commission will be able to complete those projects as our partners decide that they are ready to proceed.

In short, I think much has been accomplished over my four years of service. Your goal for the Commission was to make it a competitive force in the sports and entertainment industry and to attract more and better events to the City. Together we are well on the way to achieving that goal.

Sincerely yours,
John L. Richardson

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